richard cohen

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This is nice, but my experience with Seagate reliability has been less than stellar. Most recent experience...bought a 2tb portable drive, worked fine for a week and then died, would just make clicking noises. Went back to WD.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 16:52 UTC as 8th comment

So does this mean that the nikon mount versions of the 150-600 already performed better, or does it mean that sigma doesn't know how to get them to work better?

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 17:48 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (377 comments in total)

These are both superb cameras for their intended audience. I am fortunate to have a great wife that wanted me to have both, and now I do. I'll use the d500 exclusively for wildlife shooting, for which it really doesn't have a peer other than the d5 and more than 2x the cost. I'll go full frame for other types of shooting, but also might use the d750 for wildlife shooting if the light is really bad. A lot more noise on d500 low light images, although they do seem to clean up well.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 17:48 UTC as 76th comment
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1174 comments in total)
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richard cohen: A couple of mixed signals so far...dpr says no to onboard flash, nikon site says yes. Dpr and nikon site say 1 xqd and 1 sd slot, other sites say 2 sd slots...Personally i hope for no xqd but yes on onboard flash...

I have a d810 and d750 now, and while I have never fully bought off on the 'extra reach' of a dx sensor since it really is only a narrower fov, at the same time the speed and agility and new af system of the d500 might make it a perfect wildlife camera..if the iq and low light performance are up to snuff. We'll see, but this is clearly a big deal release for nikon.

Sure does look like they went with xqd slot (bummer) and no on board flash (another bummer)...they should change the specs on the nikon website that still give hope to onboard flash fans such as myself. But if I only use it for wildlife, I guess no big deal.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 22:29 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1174 comments in total)
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noflashplease: I really do have to wonder how Nikon could price this camera at $1,999 when Canon's 7DII was recently on sale for $1,049 after rebate? Of course, the ludicrousness overpriced "kit lens" is in keeping with the generally poor value of this offering. For the very close to the price of the D500/16-80mm kit, you could have recently purchased a brand new 7DII and a 6D as well!

Time to buy from canada again!

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 22:22 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1174 comments in total)
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mikeodial: Not sure who this is targeted at ... at this price you can almost purchase a D750, or certainly almost two D610s.

I have a d810 and d750, might consider the d500 for wildlife if the iq and low light capabilities check out. Faster and better af, fast fps, sound good to me hopefully.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 22:22 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1174 comments in total)
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noflashplease: How did deleting the pop-up flash make this body more "durable?" If durability was the primary consideration, why did they add a D750-style tilting screen? Another puzzling detail. Overall, the D500 is the best argument imaginable for buying a FX body.

Nikon website says there is onboard flash. Mixed signals so far.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 22:19 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1174 comments in total)

A couple of mixed signals so far...dpr says no to onboard flash, nikon site says yes. Dpr and nikon site say 1 xqd and 1 sd slot, other sites say 2 sd slots...Personally i hope for no xqd but yes on onboard flash...

I have a d810 and d750 now, and while I have never fully bought off on the 'extra reach' of a dx sensor since it really is only a narrower fov, at the same time the speed and agility and new af system of the d500 might make it a perfect wildlife camera..if the iq and low light performance are up to snuff. We'll see, but this is clearly a big deal release for nikon.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 22:19 UTC as 223rd comment | 9 replies
On article Light L16 packs 16 cameras into a single portable body (400 comments in total)

While this may not be 'the camera', it is very interesting technology. Maybe some of what they are doing can be used by the traditional players to offer better performance, either in hardware or software.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2015 at 20:00 UTC as 40th comment

I've always wondering why there wasn't a digital polarization technique. I hate using a CPL filter, a real pain in the neck for me. I'd like to see something inside Lightroom as well.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 00:29 UTC as 3rd comment
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richard cohen: Boy, what I wouldn't give to have one of these...but just too much money for me. I guess my old 500vr will have to soldier on. The lighter weight is a really big deal. I guess iq will be marginally improved as well, but the old lenses were already pretty amazing.

I'm not complaining, but I really won't buy the new one because I don't think it will be worth the added $3000+ to upgrade.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 14:51 UTC
On article Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue (347 comments in total)

While not ideal, at least Nikon is taking a proactive stance on this repair. Nobody even knows about the problem, they figured it out themselves and are dealing with it as best they can. I think this is a good response by the company, better even than the response to the flair issue. I have to check to see if my cameras are impacted...

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 14:45 UTC as 36th comment | 2 replies
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BillyBobSenna: I am trying to get a handle on the cost. If I buy a 500 mm today for $10300 would I be able to sell for $8500 in 4 years? If so, the cost of the lens would be $450 per year. Assuming you use it at least 6-8 times per year that isn't too bad. I just looked on eBay and Craig's list and see that a used 500 mm goes for about $7-7.5K. A new old model 500 mm lens is $8.3K. Seems to hold its value well.

The only wild card is what is going to happen to the market as mirrorless continues to grow.

I think the old 500vr is worth more like $6k now. If the new one is $10k at msrp, after four years I would expect it to be worth more like $7k or maybe a bit higher...

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 06:01 UTC

Boy, what I wouldn't give to have one of these...but just too much money for me. I guess my old 500vr will have to soldier on. The lighter weight is a really big deal. I guess iq will be marginally improved as well, but the old lenses were already pretty amazing.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 05:59 UTC as 11th comment | 3 replies
On article Lily Camera flies itself and follows its owner (155 comments in total)
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Philip Lanoue: I really don't need a constant reminder (and more photographic evidence) of my ever increasing bald spot on the back and top of my head but which looks even worse from above. Yikes

It will force people to wear more hats! Funny comment by the way.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 22:36 UTC

This seems targeted at a different customer than the GP..it doesn't have 4k video which for some is a deal breaker, but for most people the iq is more than sufficient. The focus here is on grabbing all sorts of data from other sources, and on that score garmin is ahead of everyone. Again, not everyone will want this, but for some it is key. As for battery life, I guess the gps and other connectivity has an impact which is too bad.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 14:48 UTC as 8th comment
On article Manfrotto launches Off Road camera gear (57 comments in total)

More competition is good, but most of these companies are missing a very important attribute that is needed to go hiking with any gear...and that is water. There are hardly any backpacks that can take camera gear and a hydration bladder...Mindshift comes to mind as the best of the lot along with clik on some of their bags.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 19:03 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Nikon D750 Review (2011 comments in total)
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richard cohen: Good explanation of the issue. I have to send my d750 back in, and the biggest problem I have is being without the camera for up to three weeks! I was hoping to get a second body at some point, and that is going to have to wait until after the repairs are done. I never experienced this problem and probably never would, but the value of an 'unfixed' d750 will be a lot less than one that has had the repair, so I will send it in. Nikon is making it very easy, just put in the serial number and then print out shipping label. Free both ways which is the way it should be, and no b.s. about sales receipts or anything else they sometimes use to refuse service. All in all, this is the way I would hope nikon would react, they could not have done a better job imo. After all the bashing they have taken, they deserve kudos for the way this is being handled.

Second body will also likely be a d750, so I'm going to wait until the repaired ones are widely available, as will repaired refurbs.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2015 at 23:24 UTC
On article Nikon D750 Review (2011 comments in total)

Good explanation of the issue. I have to send my d750 back in, and the biggest problem I have is being without the camera for up to three weeks! I was hoping to get a second body at some point, and that is going to have to wait until after the repairs are done. I never experienced this problem and probably never would, but the value of an 'unfixed' d750 will be a lot less than one that has had the repair, so I will send it in. Nikon is making it very easy, just put in the serial number and then print out shipping label. Free both ways which is the way it should be, and no b.s. about sales receipts or anything else they sometimes use to refuse service. All in all, this is the way I would hope nikon would react, they could not have done a better job imo. After all the bashing they have taken, they deserve kudos for the way this is being handled.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 18:40 UTC as 169th comment | 4 replies
On article Nikon D750 Review (2011 comments in total)

I just bought a d750 (still in transit), and can't wait to put it through its paces. It will either end up as an often used backup camera, or hopefully a replacement for my d4. I don't often (if ever) go above 1/4000 sec, and don't often (if ever) use the full fps of the d4, so 6.5 fps should be good enough. Having a camera capable of taking images the equal of the d4 in low light with a little higher resolution, with the same focus system, might be just the ticket for me.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2014 at 18:09 UTC as 320th comment | 1 reply
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